Graff takes top spot at ASICS University National Championships


May 28, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- A first-place finish for three-time All-American Tyler Graff highlighted Wisconsin’s effort at the 2013 ASICS University National Championships in Akron, Ohio this past weekend.

Graff put together a perfect 6-0 record at the tournament to take home the freestyle 60 kg title. Each of the University Nationals champions from the seven Olympic weight classes, including Graff, qualified to wrestle at the World University Games which will take place in August in Kassan, Russia.

Graff put together an impressive tournament run to reach the championship match, winning three matches by technical fall and conceding only two points in the five matches prior. In the title match, Graff swept Purdue’s Cashe Quiroga in the best-of-three series, winning the first round by technical fall, 10-0, before closing out his championship effort with a 5-4 decision in the second round.

Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said he could see Graff’s momentum from his U.S. Open third-place finish in April carry over to Akron, but that it was Graff’s offensive mindset that was the key to his University Nationals title run.

In his six matches, Graff scored 47 points, including four double digit efforts.

“He knows that when he attacks he’s a much better wrestler,” Davis said. “When he’s in an offensive mindset he gets better results.

“When you’re scoring almost ten points a match, you know you’re doing something right.”

Three other Wisconsin wrestlers also placed in their respective weight classes in Akron. 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Connor Medbery placed fifth in the 120 kg freestyle competition with a 6-2 record, Timmy McCall went 4-3 in the 96 kg bracket for an eighth-place finish and Cole Tobin had a 4-3 mark, good for an eighth-place finish at 120 kg.

Nine other Badgers also competed at University Nationals, but failed to place in their respective weight classes.

2013 ASICS University National Freestyle Championships results:

Matt Cavallaris – FS 55kg (DNP)
Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm) tech fall>Matt Cavallaris (Badger Wrestling), 16-6
Matt Cavallaris (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Mark Jolcover (Panther Wrestling), 11-0
Matt Cavallaris (Badger Wrestling) fall John Sparks (Wolfpack Wrestling), 1:22
Matt Cavallaris (Badger Wrestling) dec. Max Soria (Buffalo Wrestling), 14-7
Dylan Peters (Panther Wrestling) tech fall>Matt Cavallaris (Badger Wrestling), 10-0

Tyler Graff – FS 60 kg (First place)
>Tyler Graff (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Jacob Grant (Viking Wrestling), 10-0
Tyler Graff (Badger Wrestling) dec. Jared Germaine (Eastern Michigan), Inj. 0:00
Tyler Graff (Badger Wrestling) tech fall David Terao (DCAC), 11-0
Tyler Graff (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Jade Rauser (Wolverine Wrestling), 10-0
Tyler Graff (Badger Wrestling) dec. Mark Grey (Finger Lakes), 6-2
Tyler Graff (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Cashe Quiroga (Midwest RTC), 10-0

Santonio Cathery – FS 74 kg (DNP)
David Taylor (Nittany Lion Wrestling) tech fall Santonio Cathery (Badger Wrestling), 11-0
Taylor Simaz (Finger Lakes) tech fall Santonio Cathery (Badger Wrestling), 11-0

Alex Yde – FS 74 kg (DNP)
Alex Yde (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Clay Wegner (Golden Pride), 17-6
Michael Moreno (Iowa State) tech fall Alex Yde (Badger Wrestling), 12-2
Alex Yde (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Travis Curley (Michigan Wrestling), 10-0
Nestor Taffur (Boston U) fall>Alex Yde (Badger Wrestling), 5:19

Frank Cousins – FS 79 kg (DNP)
Duke Pickett (Cornell University) dec.Frank Cousins (Badger Wrestling), 10-7
Frank Cousins (Badger Wrestling) dec. Levi Clemons (CWC), 11-7
Frank Cousins
(Badger Wrsetling) tech fall Mitchell Wightman (Boston U), 10-0
Frank Cousins (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Lawrence Thomas (WPAC), 17-6
Frank Cousins (Badger Wrestling) fall Trace Engelkes (Northern Illinois), 2:03
Frank Cousins (Badger Wrestling) fall Jermaine John (Blue & Gold), 3:00
Duke Pickett (Cornell University) tech fall Frank Cousins (Badger Wrestling), 11-0

Ben Cox – FS 79 kg (DNP)
Brian Brill (Lehigh Valley) fall Ben Cox (Badger Wrestling), 5:04
Ben Cox (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Tyler Tesny (Lake Erie Elite), 11-1
Ethan Ball (Coe College) dec. Ben Cox (Badger Wrestling), 8-2

Brett Hochstaetter – FS 79 kg
John Staudenmayer (Cardinal Wrestling) tech fall Brett Hochstaetter (Badger Wrestling), 1-0
Rrok Ndokaj (Husky Wrestling) dec. Brett Hochstaetter (Badger Wrestling), 7-4

Scott Liegel – FS 79 kg (DNP)
Scott Liegel (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Kevin Brown (NYAC) 12-2
Cody Caldwell (Panther Wrestling) tech fall Scott Liegel (Badger Wrestling), 20-10
Scott Liegel (Badger Wrestling) dec. Ethan Ball (Coe College), 10-7
Joe Latham (NWRTC) tech fall Scott Liegel (Badger Wrestling), 10-0

Nic Veling – FS 79 kg (DNP)
Nic Veling (Badger Wrestling) dec. Joey Hutchens (Viking Wrestling), 9-8
Trace Engelkes (Northern Illinois) tech fall Nic Veling (Badger Wrestling), 12-2
Nic Veling (Badger Wrestling) dec. Dylan Rutledge (Bear Cave), 6-3
Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh Wrestling) tech fall Nic Veling (Badger Wrestling), 10-0

Timmy McCall – FS 96 kg (Eighth place)
>Timmy McCall (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Kelvin Jordan (Warrior Nation), 10-0
Timmy McCall (Badger Wrestling) fall Nick Heflin (Ohio State), 3:44
Timmy McCall (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Michael Sojka (Stanford Unat.), 10-0
Micah Burak (HWC) tech fall Timmy McCall (Badger Wrestling), 14-3
Timmy McCall (Badger Wrestling) dec. Tucker Lane (Citadel Old Timers), 4-2
Evan Brown (Cyclone Wrestling) FF Timmy McCall (Badger Wrestling)
Nick Heflin (Ohio State) FF Timmy McCall (Badger Wrestling)

Brandon Weber – FS 96 kg (DNP)
Evan Brown (Cyclone Wrestling) tech fall Brandon Weber (Badger Wrestling), 11-0
Brandon Weber (Badger Wrestling) dec. Sebastian Levin (Brown U), 6-3
Ramon Stone (Cleveland Wrestling) tech fall Brandon Weber (Badger Wrestling), 11-0

Connor Medbery – FS 120 kg (Fifth place)
>Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Jon Scanlan (Iowa State), 13-2
Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling) dec. Jared Torrence (Northern Illinois), 7-0
Nick Gwiazdowski (NYAC/Wolfpack) dec. Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling), 12-9
Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Tyler Swope (Iowa State), 11-0
Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Eric Thompson (Viking Wrestling), 21-8
Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling) dec. Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling), Inj. 0:02
Nick Gwiazdowski (NYAC/Wolfpack) dec. Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling), 10-8
Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling) dec. Adam Fager (Wolverine Wrestling), 5-0

Cole Tobin – FS 120 kg (Eighth place)
Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling) tech fall Josh Mackey (King College), 10-0
Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling) dec. Peter Anguiano (Grand Canyon), 5-4
Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling) dec. Kevin Innis (Boston U), 14-6
Austin Marsden (Cowboy Wrestling) tech fall Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling), 10-0
Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling) fall Matthew Meuleners (NWTC), 1:12
Connor Medbery (Badger Wrestling) dec. Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling), Inj. 0:02
Spencer Myers (Terrapin Wrestling) dec. Cole Tobin (Badger Wrestling), 7-0

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Ryan Evans
UW Athletic Communications

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